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Pope Francis meets with US Vice President Mike Pence, left, on the occasion of their private audience, at the Vatican, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. Pence told Pope Francis, “You made me a hero

US Vice President Pence to Pope Francis: You made me a hero

Jan. 24, 2020 1:03 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence met with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Friday, discussing the anti-abortion march in Washington and telling the pontiff, "You made me a hero" back home by granting him a private audience. The pope and the vice president had a private hour-long...

LoRebecca Gotwalt from Fairfax, squats in the back of the room and listens to speakers during a press conference for a meeting, sponsored by the Pro Choice Coalition, inside the Pocahontas Building in Richmond, Va., Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. With a newly empowered Democratic majority at the Virginia General Assembly, abortion-rights advocates say the state has a chance to roll back decades of restrictions and become a “safe haven” for women in neighboring conservative states. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Advocates want to make Virginia an abortion 'safe haven'

Jan. 24, 2020 1:02 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — With a newly empowered Democratic majority at the Virginia General Assembly, abortion-rights advocates say the state has a chance to roll back decades of restrictions and become a “safe haven” for women in neighboring conservative states. Abortion-rights groups laid out...

President Donald Trump speaks at a March for Life rally, Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, on the National Mall in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Trump, a late convert to cause, attends anti-abortion rally

Jan. 24, 2020 12:58 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump called it his “profound honor" on Friday to be the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. He used his speech to attack Democrats as embracing “radical and extreme positions" on abortion and...

President Donald Trump boards Air Force One for a trip to Miami to attend the Republican National Committee winter meetings, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Andrews Air Force Base, Md. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

California threatened with funds loss over abortion coverage

Jan. 24, 2020 12:43 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Friday threatened California with a potential loss of federal health care funds over the state's requirement that insurance plans cover abortions. The announcement, timed to coincide with the anti-abortion March for Life in the nation's capital, came hours...

Kentucky bill requires care for infants surviving abortion

Jan. 23, 2020 3:28 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A bill that would require doctors and other health workers to provide life-saving care for an infant born alive after a failed abortion attempt was approved by a Kentucky Senate panel Thursday. The measure sailed through the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection...

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, center, and fellow Republicans in the state General Assembly hold a news conference at the Tennessee Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Nashville,Tenn.,  to discuss a new anti-abortion proposal. (AP Photo/Jonathan Mattise)

Lee to pitch sweeping abortion bans in Tennessee

Jan. 23, 2020 2:52 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he wants to enact some of the strictest abortion laws in the nation, which would include banning women from undergoing the procedure once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The Republican governor made the announcement Thursday surrounded by dozens of mostly...

President Donald Trump exits Air Force One on Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., after returning from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

Trump to attend anti-abortion rally in Washington

Jan. 22, 2020 7:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Donald Trump will become the first president to attend the annual anti-abortion gathering in Washington called the March for Life. Trump has made it a priority to embrace social conservatives, particularly on the issue of abortion. In past years, he has sent...

Members of a Kansas House committee indicate whether they want to be recorded as voting yes or no on a proposed amendment to the state constitution on abortion with thumbs-up and thumbs-down signs, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. The measure cleared committee on a 15-6 show of hands and would reverse a Kansas Supreme Court decision declaring access to abortion a

Abortion rights backers unsure of strategy in Kansas fight

Jan. 22, 2020 7:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abortion rights backers grappled with how to derail a proposed anti-abortion amendment to the state constitution as abortion foes marked Wednesday's anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision by advancing two versions of the proposal in the Republican-controlled...

Trump administration restores women's health funds to Texas

Jan. 22, 2020 7:47 PM EST

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Eight years after Texas lost federal dollars over barring Planned Parenthood in a women's health program, the Trump administration Wednesday allowed the state to resume getting as much as $350 million in another reversal of an Obama-era decision. Texas can receive the money over the...

Federal government backs Ohio on Down syndrome abortion law

Jan. 22, 2020 3:28 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The federal government took Ohio's side Tuesday in a lawsuit over a state law prohibiting doctors from performing abortions based on a fetal diagnosis of Down syndrome. “Nothing in Ohio's law creates a substantial obstacle to women obtaining an abortion,” the Justice...